As you know I like to look at the obscure and rarely covered military technology so here are a couple of interesting videos to set the scene for some future posts
3 Generations of Beach Armoured Recovery Vehicles
Hippo BARV/BRV (Based on a Leopard 1A5 and converted by Hagglunds at a cost of £1.25million each)
There are 4 Hippos are currently in service, used to push landing craft that have become beached and clear vehicle landing lanes. After 4 decades they replaced the CeBRV in 2004. With an all up weight of about 50 tonnes it can operate in up to 2.95m of water and recover vehicles up to the Challenger and a fully loaded DROPS plus trailer. Albion and Bulwark had one each and the other two were used for training with 11(Amphibious Trials and Training (11 ATT)) Squadron Royal Marines and as a war reserve.
Obviously, we will have one spare now.
Unusual Engineering Plant
I thought these were pretty interesting and demonstrate different methods of achieving extreme mobility.
Walking Excavators from Terex and Menzi
Articulated Forestry Vehicles
I have included these because they demonstrate the use of over wheel tracks for extreme mobility
And a rather funky walking machine
Class 30 and Class 70 trackway (Medium and Heavy) from Faun in Anglesey has been in service with the British Army for decades and has its roots in the Churchill Bobbin used during the D Day landings
Faun also make a number of runway repair, helicopter and aircraft matting systems
I will be covering these subjects in a bit more detail in the future